17 days and count­ing

Annapolis Valley Register - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Les­lie! I don’t know about you – but I’m done with Les­lie.

I al­ways tell peo­ple that I love my job be­cause the weather changes ev­ery day. For the most part it does – but what about Les­lie? I tracked and talked about the same sys­tem for more than two weeks.

A co-worker who is also a closet me­te­o­rol­o­gist (there are many out there) asked what the record was for the long­est-lived At­lantic storm ever tracked. Great ques­tion! Off I went to the NOAA cli­mate site.

While Les­lie had been hang­ing around like a house­guest who over­stayed his wel­come, he is not about to en­ter the record books.

The San Ciri­aco hur­ri­cane, also known as the 1899 Puerto Rico Hur­ri­cane was the long­est-lived At­lantic hur­ri­cane on record. The storm earned its name by strik­ing Puerto Rico on Saint Ciri­aco’s Day and killing hun­dreds on the is­land.

Ciri­aco came early; it was the third trop­i­cal cy­clone and first ma­jor hur­ri­cane of the sea­son. The storm was first ob­served south­west of Cape Verde on Aug. 3, 1899. It reached hur­ri­cane sta­tus on Aug. 5. Ciri­aco peaked as a cat­e­gory 4 be­fore cross­ing the Lee­ward Is­lands on Aug. 7. The storm made land­fall in Guayama, Puerto Rico with 220-km/h winds on the Aug. 8; it then emerged into the south­west­ern At­lantic as a cat­e­gory 3 hur­ri­cane. The sys­tem tracked off the north coast of Do­mini­can Repub­lic and crossed the Ba­hamas. On Aug. 14, it was cen­tred east of Florida and started head­ing north­ward. By Aug. 17, it turned back to the north­west and made land­fall near Hat­teras, North Carolina.

Cindy Day

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